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TR3650 Fluid and Capacity?

Getting 373 back together and have read many different speculations on fluid and capacity for our tr3650. So what are you guys running? Looks like the majority of mustang owners are putting 3.2 quarts in but what type of fluid should I use? Any help is appreciated. No noticeable grinds but in all honestly I didnt get to drive her much before the engine locked up Thanks everyone
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I use 3.2 quarts and used Amsoil because I had it in my garage from my 4x4 days. Very good stuff, but I would have used Mobil 1 ATF if I didn't have Amsoil stock piled. With the Amsoil, I have not had the notchy, finnicky shifting that I was starting to experience around 40K miles... 58K on #4683 now and no issues whatsoever.
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So using synthetic fluid is ok? Read a couple forums that said synthetic will cause premature wear?
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So using synthetic fluid is ok? Read a couple forums that said synthetic will cause premature wear?
Not true about synthetic.

3.2 quarts is mandatory.

I have Amsoil in 736. Previous was Mobil 1 and RP. I didn't like the RP (noisy). 145k miles on the car and never a problem

I have Ford Mercon V in 810. 42k miles and shifts like butter.


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^Charles- I know but still hard to believe it uses auto trans fluid in a manual. Old School thinking I guess. Thinking why even though mine shifts OK, it makes noises I don't like in 1st gear. I don't really know what's in it may be OE about TR3650

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i remember you ran EXTENSIVE testing of all types of tranny fluid, ill have to agree with you on that one

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Thanx!! sure did, I tried about everything out there. even the ones some people swore by and Amsoil hands down was the best in mine.

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Did you feel like there was any noticeable difference between Mobile1 and the Amsoil?

I have Mobile1 now, but I'd drain and replace it in a moment if Amsoil is really better.

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Many people on this forum (and other forums) have had luck with Amsoil. I tried using it, but it actually made my 3650 shift worse. After reading a few threads on different sites I decided to try Dexron III/Mercon (Valvoline). This is a non-synthetic fluid as recommended in Ford's TSB. Since the switch my transmission is much, much happier.


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I have had, Mobil1, Redline Manual, Redline AT, Amsoil AT, Amsoil with Lucas, Dexron III (Havoline I think it was) and Amsoil LV

The lower fill level of 3.2 quarts compared to the factory 4 qts will make more improvement than the brand. With that said because the tranny gets better when warm and the fluid is thinner I went with the thinnest possible and did notice a slight improvment using the Amsoil LV compared to the regular Amsoil AT that I had in it before.


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Based on my Ford mechanic's recommendation (he's a transmission specialist) I switched to GM Syncromesh. It's all he uses and I've been very happy with the shifting since changing the fluid.
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^Hmmm, Ford specialist recommends a GM product fix. Syncromesh(?) sounds like gear oil vs auto fluid

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You can also buy Pennzoil Syncromesh at most local auto parts stores. About $8 per quart.
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